If you want to replace your current lacklustre seat with the best toilet seat around, then we can offer some good advice. You should be searching for comfortable and stylish options, to blend in with your bathroom decor. Not only that, but there are lots of factors to consider – including whether you want your new loo seat to be soft close, antibacterial, and how big you need it to be.
We're lifting the lid on the best options to buy online, because there's no need to head into store for this purchase. Whether you recently moved home and this is one of the first items on your to-buy list, or perhaps you're redecorating your entire bathroom and your toilet seat is bringing it all together? See our 20 favourite buys below.
When figuring out how to replace a toilet seat, there are quite a few things to consider –including the differences in materials, shapes and styles. Bear these things in mind as you peruse our list. And when you're done, take a look at our best home fragrance guide to find out the best option for your bathroom!
The best toilet seat picks for style and comfort
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From snapping at the hinges to the seat cracking, there are lots of reason why it's often vital to replace your toilet seat. But if you're stumped over where to start, there's no need to fret as we have got your back(side) when it comes to choosing the best loo seat.
Once you have sorted your seat, check out our bathroom ideas feature for more inspiration, tips and advice.
With a unique antibacterial treatment, Croydex's toilet seat reduces germ accumulation and bacteria on the surface. It also has a practical soft close hinge, and claims to have easy assembly – though we found this isn't quite the case.
Soft close hinge
The practical soft close hinge stops the lid from slamming, which is ideal for ensuites when you don't want to disturb others in the middle of the night.
Croydex’s Hygiene ‘N’ Clean treatment is safe for people, pets and the environment, plus, it inhibits the development of bacteria, fungi and other unpleasant organisms.
With easily adjustable hinges included, the seat fits hole centres from 115mm to 195mm on all standard toilets.
Designed for D-shape toilets, this soft-close, heavy-duty design by Euroshowers features quick-release hinges for easy cleaning, which is ideal for homes with kids.
If you're wondering how to clean a toilet, this toilet seat couldn't make it simpler. Press the stainless-steel button in the middle to release and lift off the seat for easy cleaning.
Made from strong pressed Duroplastic, the seat has non slip bottom fittings which make it perfect for every type of toosh, which is why it's made it to our best loo seat guide.
Finding a novelty, patterned toilet seat that isn't tacky was a hard task to be dealt with – but that doesn't mean that we didn't do it. This one from Habitat is the opposite of plain and it's anything but tacky. It's decorated with a subtle yet effective leaf print and it's made from durable thermoplastic with stainless steel hinges. It's a simple way to add character to your bathroom, plus there's a matching shower curtain available too, if you want it.
Yes, this seat can fit all toilets. Talk about handy! It even has a one-touch button for easy removal of the seat so that you can clean every inch of your loo.
Stylish and functional, it even boasts a slow close function so as to not to wake up the kids – or to be a risk to tiny fingers.
Check out our Habitat discount codes to get the best price.
A soft close toilet seat with a quick-release button, Aqualona’s black toilet seat has a ceramic appearance and is made from heavy-duty Duroplast that can be easily cleaned. With 360-degree adjustable rotation hinges on top and bottom, plus, secure rubber-based hinges, the seat will sit firmly in place once installed.
There will be no more slamming with Aqualona’s toilet seat thanks to its soft-close technology.
With a simple one-button hinge release, the seat is easily removed for quick cleaning.
The Duroplast toilet seat fits most types of toilet bowls and the rust-resistant stainless-steel hinges ensure a perfect fit.
With a heavier-weighted, stainless-steel barrel, Euroshower’s universal ONE seat is made of strong Duroplast. Named for its simple one-button release system for easy cleaning, it also has an additional antibacterial coating and soft-close function – making it our best toilet seat pick if that function is important to you.
Tough and durable
Made of heavyweight stainless steel barrel and strong pressed Duroplastic, you’ll be hard-pressed to break this with your booty.
Fitting most loos, the Euroshower universal ONE seat features top and bottom standard fittings.
If you're more bothered about looks rather than functions, then this marble option from Dunelm will suit your bathroom – and your budget. It's made from MDF and wrapped with a marble print.
Stainless steel hinges
For durability purposes, this toilet seat has rust-proof hinges that are made from strong stainless steel. This ought to keep it doing its job even if you're using it 10 plus times a day.
This toilet seat comes in at 3kg, so it's pretty heavy. With this in mind, it's probably best for bathrooms that aren't frequented by children.
With dual fixing included, adjustable 360-degree hinges and made in affordable, Urea-Formaldehyde, Mass Dynamic’s soft close toilet seat fits the majority of standard size toilets.
Ease of installation This seat includes a bottom – and more importantly – top fixing, which is particularly useful when access is unavailable to the toilet pan.
The seat’s soft-closing hinges allow for controlled and quiet closure which makes it perfect for a family bathroom.
If you want a wooden loo seat, this one is durable, hardwearing and very easy to fit. At an affordable price, it is a nice change from plastic white seats and will bring a new look to your bathroom in no time.
UV lacquered wooden seat
Lacquered with a long-lasting, touch UV finish, the seat is easily wiped clean.
All fittings are included to hold the seat firmly in place and tested to support a weight up to 150kg.
Fits most loos
Crafted from hard-wearing and durable moulded wood, the seat fits most standard elongated toilet bowls.
This modern option is perfect for those who don't want a plain toilet seat – but also don't want anything too striking so as to distract eyes from the rest of their bathroom decor.
Choose from white or grey with this tongue in groove design – to suit your bathroom style. It'll provide a simple bathroom refresh on a budget, that's for sure. Plus, it's chip-resistant and its stainless steel hinges are rust-resistant.
Antibacterial and adjustable
With ticks all around from us in both the design department and in terms of functionality, this toilet seat is both antibacterial and adjustable to fit all toilets. It's made from moulded MDF and although simple, it's still different from your average plastic toilet seat.
This D-shaped toilet seat is beautifully designed and wrapped with a rustic-looking tree print. It's perfect for rustic or boho bathrooms – and for people who aren't fans of plain white toilet seats.
Made from high-quality wood so as to last for years of use, this seat comes in plenty more patterns than this. It also has an antibacterial coating for your benefit.
Easy to fit
This toilet seat – our choice for the best toilet seat for rustic bathrooms – can be used on a range of standard toilets, in a range of sizes. It's also simple to fit so won't take up too much of your time, and the fitting materials come included.
What to consider when buying a new toilet seat
There are several things to consider when deciding on the best toilet seat for your bathroom, and knowing your D-shaped loo seats from your soft-close, or your standard finish from your antibacterial coating, will put you in good stead for when you actually go to spend a penny.
Here’s the lowdown on what to look for in (arguably) the most used – but most underrated – bathroom product.
Unless you are replacing your entire loo, – in which case you should check out our how to choose a toilet guide – you’ll need to make sure that the seat you're buying has the same shape as your existing bowl; this can either be round or elongated. Elongated toilet seats won’t fit on a round loo at all, yet a rounded seat will fit on an elongated toilet – but it may look ridiculous. So make sure you are buying the right fit for your WC’s shape.
Make sure you look at the finer details when choosing a new loo seat; hinges that are inexpensive are usually made of plastic and can snap easily, so they will need to be replaced sooner than expected; whereas some metal hinges have more points of contact which prevent the toilet seat from flexing. The better the hinge, the better the quality and likeliness that your toilet seat will stand the test of time.
Usually, the first thing you’ll need to make a decision on is the material: wood, plastic or something a little more hardcore. There are pros and cons to each of these materials.
Know your measurements
One very critical thing to take into account is what size of toilet seat you need, especially if the bowl is elongated as they vary in measurement.
Types of seat fittings
There are two types of toilet seat fixings; top fixing toilet seats feed two bolts into the loo pan and are tightened at the top, whereas bottom fixings are fed through the top and tightened underneath, usually with wing nuts.
Most modern toilets come with top fixing installation as they are easier to fit and remove. You may find, however, that you’ll be limited on what to opt for, dependent on the toilet seat type you prefer or the fixings you are replacing on your current seat.
What is the strongest toilet seat material?
Inexpensive plastic can be a lot more durable but can break easily, whereas wood is more expensive but won’t crack as easily. There are high end variations on the market, but be prepared to pay a premium price tag for the privilege.